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Jair Jurrjens hurls one-hitter for first career shutout

Jul 1, 2011, 10:09 PM EDT

Jair Jurrjens AP

Atlanta’s Jair Jurrjens emphatically reclaimed the major league lead in ERA on Friday by throwing a one-hit shutout against the Orioles.  It was his first career shutout and second complete game.

The performance lowered his ERA from 2.07 to 1.89.  Jered Weaver had held the major league lead with a 1.97 ERA.

Jurrjens took a no-hitter into the seventh before Adam Jones singled to break it up.  Jones was one of just two hitters to reach base for the Orioles in the game, as Jeremy Guthrie fell to 3-10 despite another solid effort in a 4-0 loss.  He pitched seven innings and allowed three earned runs.

Jurrjens ended up with eight strikeouts, besting his previous season high by two.  His career high for strikeouts is 10, achieved Sept. 11, 2008 against the Rockies.

The 25-year-old has won his last three starts, and he’s tied for the major league lead with 11 victories.  He probably won’t be the choice to start for the NL in the All-Star Game — Roy Halladay is the likely selection there — but he’ll almost certainly be on the roster and he could be the second or third pitcher into the contest for the Senior Circuit.

  1. Chris Fiorentino's Rash - Jul 2, 2011 at 12:48 AM

    Jurrjens: 11-3, 1.89 ERA, .229 oAVG, 1.06 WHIP, .588 oOPS

    Halladay: 10-3, 2.40 ERA, .241 oAVG, 1.03 WHIP, .587 oOPS

    • frug - Jul 2, 2011 at 3:17 PM

      Halladay does have a significant edge in IP though (127.1 vs. 104.2). Plus, for what it’s worth, Halladay was better in the second half of last season. As painful as it is for me as a Braves fan to say, Halladay has been the best pitcher in the NL over the last year and the first half of this year and he’d be my starter.

      • stealthjunk - Jul 3, 2011 at 10:57 PM

        Of course Halladay has more IPs — he pitched 22 innings before Jurrjens even saw the field this year in his first start. Jurrjens was hurt to start the year. Are you sure you’re a Braves fan?

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